State seeks to revoke probation of man arrested after 4th DWI

Kai Porter
December 01, 2017 06:12 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. – The man who was acquitted of killing four Santa Fe teenagers in a 2009 drunk driving crash is back in jail.


Scott Owens is once again accused of driving drunk, this time after leading police in Colorado on a dangerous pursuit.

Owens had been on probation for a 2016 drunk driving conviction. Now that it was violated, the state has filed a motion asking a judge to revoke that probation.

Owens was booked into the Santa Fe County Jail Thursday for violating probation following his arrest in Colorado.

According to the state's motion, police in Durango arrested Owens on Oct. 18 after he led them on a high-speed pursuit.

The motion states officers "detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath" and that there was "no mention of defendant's vehicle possessing an interlock device."

The motion also states Owens admitted "to being arrested, drinking and running from the police."

This is Owens's fourth DWI arrest, his last coming in 2016 that resulted in him being put on probation.

In 2011 Owens was acquitted of vehicular homicide in a crash that killed four teenagers, outraging the Santa Fe community. Owens admitted to driving drunk, but the jury determined he did not cause the crash.

A judge will decide whether or not to revoke Owens's probation at a hearing on Jan. 4. His probation is set to last until September of 2019.


Kai Porter

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